The Denial of Saint Peter (Rembrandt)

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The Denial of Saint Peter
Dutch: De verloochening van Christus door Petrus, Italian: La Negazione di Pietro
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The Denial of Saint Peter
Year1660 (1660)
Mediumoil on canvas
SubjectThe three acts of denial of Jesus by the Apostle Peter as described in the four Gospels of the New Testament.
Dimensions154 cm × 169 cm (61 in × 67 in)
LocationRijksmuseum, Amsterdam

The Denial of Peter is a 1660 painting by Rembrandt, now in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.

Rembrandt never made a journey to Italy, as many of his contemporaries did. It is therefore thought that his treatment of themes such as the Denial derived substantially from prints based on foreign works. In this case there are two engravings, both based on paintings by the Flemish artist Gerard Seghers, which are implicated in Rembrandt's Denial. The first is by Schelte a Bolswert, the second an engraving by one A. de Paullis.[1]


  1. ^ Henkel, M. D. (April 1934). "The Denial of St. Peter by Rembrandt". The Burlington Magazine for Connoisseurs. 64 (373): 153–155, 158–159. JSTOR 865663.


  • Roberta D'Adda, Rembrandt, Milano, Skira, 2006.

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